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Fireworks For King Richard III Re-Interment

WHAT: Fireworks For King Richard III
WHEN: Friday 27th March 2015
WHERE: Leicester City Centre
WHY: King Richard III Re-Interment

Back in August 2012, you could not have failed to learn of the discovery of the remains of King Richard III under a car park in Leicester. Not the most appropriate burial-place for a King I am sure you will agree.

King Richard was killed fighting Henry Tudor on 22nd August 1485 at the bloody battle of Bosworth Field, the final War of the Roses. He was subsequently buried in a crude grave in the grounds of Greyfriars Friary with no pomp or circumstance.

Move forward over 500 years to August 2012 when project ‘looking for Richard’ got under way. On day 1 of the dig, a male skeleton was uncovered bearing the same physical attributes as King Richard. DNA and carbon dating established that they were indeed the remains they sought.

Naturally, the discovery still laid out unanswered questions and the fact is that the mitochondrial DNA simply proves that the remains belong to someone in the line but not necessarily to the King. But, this was over-ruled as all the documentary evidence and the physical structure of the bones showed the spinal curvature which was one of the main attributes of Richard and the High Courts were satisfied that there was enough evidence to support the finding to be that of the King and then the next question was: where to re-inter the remains.

The High Court then had to sort out the argument between the Richard III society and heirs of the Plantagenet lineage who said that the remains should go back to York in accordance with his title. But, they ruled that he had rested there for over 500 years and should be allowed to stay at the heart of the Cathedral.

The re-interment service will form part of a number of events over the 4-day period including lots of free events over the weekend of 26th – 29th March 2015.

The Royal Family will be represented by Sophie, Countess of Wessex and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Indeed, Richard, the current Duke of Gloucester is Patron of the Richard III Society, the organization responsible for raising the funds to actually dig the site where the remains were discovered.

A Service of Compline will be held on Sunday March 22nd to mark the arrival of the royal remains and the funeral cortege will travel from Bosworth Field where the King fell to the Cathedral where his remains will stay in repose until the 26th March, allowing visitors to attend the Cathedral. Finally, the members of the Richard III Society will say their own farewell before the burial takes place.

There will be giant screens in Leicester City centre for the public to watch the service and on Friday 27th March, the Leicester Glows event will see 8000 fire-pots lit around Jubilee Square and the Cathedral Gardens areas. Indeed visitors will be allowed to light a flame in honour of King Richard III before FIREWORKS are launched from the Cathedral roof !!!

The foreground of the Cathedral and its façade will be illuminated with laser’s throughout this historically significant event.


Diwali In Leicester 2012

Happy Diwali

Diwali (Dīvali, Dīpāwali, or Deepavali) is a festival of lights observed on the 15th day of the month of Kartika in the Hindu calendar. Many people in the United Kingdom celebrate Diwali each year.

Diwali is a time for spring cleaning in homes and offices. Many homes that celebrate Diwali have assorted sweets, savouries and Diwali herbs. Various lights, candles and sparklers are lit inside and outside homes.

Many people wear their finest clothes to celebrate Diwali. Many women wearing jewellery and silk outfits and some have mehendi, which is a temporary henna decoration, on their palms. Many Indian businesses see Diwali as a day to start the new financial year because of Diwali’s ties with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

Cities throughout the United Kingdom celebrate the Diwali festival with firework displays, dances, plays, street lighting, Diwali lanterns, traditional Indian food, and music. Hindu council representatives, spokespeople from Indian associations, and political leaders publicly announce their greetings to those involved in organizing and participating in Diwali celebrations.

The festival of lights this year is certainly going to be a massive affair in Leicester thanks to O2. Diwali Celebrations in Leicester are one of the biggest outside of India, with up to 35,000 people attending the switch on of the lights on Belgrave Road and even more attending Diwali day itself in the heart of the city’s Asian community. The big switch on will take place on Sunday 4th November 2012. Enjoy the fireworks display and live cultural entertainment on stage as the festival of light marks the start of the Hindu New Year.

The huge effigy of King Ravana will be torched as the highlight of Dashera celebrations taking place at Cossington Street Recreation ground, Belgrave, on Wednesday 24 October, from 6.30pm until 8pm. The festival of Dashera celebrates the Hindu story of the battle between Lord Rama and King Ravana, and the victory of good over evil. The celebrations will also include children’s funfair rides, a cultural programme on stage and will end with a dramatic firework display.

Other events include the Diwali railway which is going to have the Diwali Trail making its way around the museums site railway but make sure to wrap up good and warm for this special trip. There is a small fee for this and more details are available from Leicester Information services.

There are events later in the month including an exhibition of Vintage Bollywood Sari and a stunning vintage wedding mendap is to be installed on the mezzanine for the occasion. The exhibition runs from 13th to 17th November. There is also a dance exhibition including classical Indian dance, Indian hip-hop and a mix of ethnic groove.  Get yourself along to experience any of the above or indeed, learn to tie a sari this Diwali as again, there are some workshops on how to achieve the perfect waterfall gather.

Wherever you are and if you plan to join in the celebrations this year, have you considered adding fireworks to the mix? We have the biggest, brightest and most colourful fireworks in the UK and we can deliver to anywhere in the UK.

Happy Diwali from Leicester 2009 343